1. First off, listen to this.
2. David Bowie defied labels. He wasn’t a chameleon – chameleons change to fit in – he was permanently evolving. He was androgynous, daring and beautiful – a revolution in human form. Because of him, many gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgender, queer, odd or extraterrestrial people felt less alone.
3. David came out as bisexual in 1972 in an interview with Melody Maker. ‘It’s true, I am a bisexual,’ he told Playboy in 1976. ‘But I can’t deny that I’ve used that fact very well. I suppose it’s the best thing that ever happened to me.’ While he said in the 1980s it was the ‘biggest mistake’ he made, coming out, he didn’t always think that way. In 2002, he said: ‘I don’t think it was a mistake in Europe, but it was a lot tougher in America. I had no problem with people knowing I was bisexual.’
4. When he first started to break America, David Bowie wrote this letter in response to his first US fan. ‘My real name is David Jones…’
— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) January 11, 2016
5. David Bowie singing Starman on Top of the Pops in 1972.
6. When David Bowie literally laughed at death.
enjoy this adorable/sexy/divine gif of David Bowie laughing at death pic.twitter.com/py7eCtVJiQ
— jonathan frandzone (@NotAllBhas) January 11, 2016
7. When David Bowie released this song about being bisexual.
8. When David Bowie made even a mugshot look glamorous.
The man could even make a mug shot look glamorous. RIP. pic.twitter.com/LsqDqHPfu6
— Burnie Burns (@burnie) January 11, 2016
9. David Bowie at Live Aid in 1985.
10. David Bowie starred in Labyrinth in 1986. And in doing so, was pretty much responsible for half the world’s sexual awakening.
11. David Bowie at the Berlin Wall.
12. David Bowie at the Freddie Mercury memorial concert, singing Under Pressure with Annie Lennox.
13. When David Bowie dressed as Tilda Swinton, and Tinda Swinton dressed as David Bowie.
David Bowie as Tilda Swinton. Tilda Swinton as David Bowie. pic.twitter.com/N8npqeQEtJ
— Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) January 11, 2016
14. When he performed in this hilarious scene from Extras.
15. When David released this music video of him dressed in drag.
16. And finally, three days before his death, David Bowie released the song Lazarus. First words? ‘Look up here, I’m in heaven.’